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Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:58 AM

 

Catholic nations Poland, Croatia and Italy see gay pride marches

Parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay rights activists, while in Italy, the gay pride celebration comes after lawmakers granted some legal rights to same-sex couples.



People march past the Colosseum during the Gay Pride parade in Rome, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Italy joined the rest of Europe last month in giving some legal rights to gay couples after a years-long battle and opposition from the Catholic Church to anything that smacked of authorizing gay marriage. (AP Photo/Fabio Frustaci)

Associated Press
June 12, 2016

WARSAW, Poland - Several thousand people marched Saturday in colorful gay pride events in Italy, Poland and Croatia urging support for minority rights in the mostly Catholic nations.

The parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay rights activists. In Italy, however, the gay pride celebration comes after lawmakers granted some legal rights to same-sex couples.

Balloons and flags in rainbow colors marked both the Equality March in the Polish capital of Warsaw and Zagreb’s Gay Pride event while participants at the parade in Rome were more daring, baring a bit of skin in some cases.

In Zagreb, former interior minister Ranko Ostojic and several well-known public figures joined the event dubbed “Croatia is Not Over Yet.” Ostojic says “I am glad to be here today, this is my Croatia.”

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